Tonawanda News

Nov. 7 Election

November 8, 2006

Slaughter mops up Donnelly

HOUSE: 77-year old Congressional stalwart prevails over Town of Tonawanda board member.

by DAN MINER

minerd@gnnewspaper.com

Incumbent Democrat Louise Slaughter handily defeated Republican John Donnelly in the 28th Congressional District on Tuesday, allowing her the chance to serve her 11th consecutive term in the House.

“In the months ahead, I will work to build our economy, to save and create local jobs, to make our streets safer and to improve the educational opportunities available to our children,” she said in a release. “We all know that Western New York is unique, and has always had so much to offer our country. And today is no different.”

The 28th District encompasses the Town and City of Tonawanda, as well as Grand Island, parts of Buffalo, the towns of Lewiston, Newfane, Niagara, Porter, Somerset, Wilson and the city of Niagara Falls.

Slaughter, 77, a Fairport resident and ranking member of the House Rules Committee, has emphasized the need for federal investment in local projects and border laws that will protect businesses without cutting them off from trade.

Donnelly, 37, ran a campaign that emphasized his relative youth — and a recent illness of Slaughter’s — as well as what he called her neglect of all constituents except the ones in Monroe County.

“She’s not doing anything for jobs, businesses leaving,” he said.

On Tuesday, he again questioned her health and ability to serve.

“I still don’t know Mrs. Slaughter’s platform because I haven’t heard from her in two-and-a-half months,” he said. “She’s relied on power and control, which is self-centered and not constituent-based.”

Donnelly said he will continue to serve on the Town of Tonawanda Town Board and that he learned from life on the campaign trail.

“I’ll stay on my post in a continued leadership role,” he said. “I’ve been introduced to new ways of saving money, and listening to my constituents the past four-and-a-half months.”

Slaughter has said she is working to secure federal tax credits for NRG Energy Inc.’s proposed $1.5 million project at the Huntley plant in the Town of Tonawanda.

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